More than half of Brazil supports holding presidential elections this year, which contrasts with the findings from a recent controversial poll carried out by the Datafolha institute.
The Ipsos data, which was released by BBC Brasil on Tuesday, indicated that among the 52 percent of Brazilians who support holding presidential elections, 38 percent of respondents said that interim President Michael Temer should stay in office before early elections. Meanwhile, 14 percent stated that they would prefer seeing Dilma Rousseff return as their country’s leader before an early vote is held.
According to the Brazilian constitution, early elections cannot take place without receiving the approval from three-fifths of the country’s Congress or in the case of a joint resignation by Temer and Rousseff.
Meanwhile, opposition to Temer's government, which began on May 12 when Brazil's Senate suspended Dilma Rousseff for breaking budget laws, remained high with 68 percent of respondents saying that they either totally or somewhat disapproved of the interim president.
A string of recent scandals has weakened Temer as he seeks to build support in the Senate to definitively remove Rousseff, who has described her impeachment as a coup.
In contrast, public approval ratings of former president Rousseff during the one month period of June-July saw a jump from 20 to 25 percent. Support for the impeachment efforts against Rousseff also saw a sharp decline from 61 percent in June to 48 percent in July.
Rousseff’s efforts to reduce poverty has not gone unappreciated in the poorest parts of the country where she continues to enjoy support. The Ipsos results generally indicated that support for the former president is higher in the northeastern part of the country and among people belonging to lower economic brackets.
According to estimates from the Rousseff administration, 22 million were lifted out of poverty during her first term, largely due to government-led initiatives aimed at combatting poverty through the promotion of social assistance programs
The democratically-elected Rousseff has not yet been permanently removed from her post, as the Senate must still conduct a trial and then vote on her future.